Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 8
Annually, Blandin Foundation pulls together data from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development and broadband news to gauge progress toward the state broadband goals (25 megabits per second download/3 Mbps upload by 2022 and 100 Mbps/20 Mbps by 2026). Leaders can use this information to improve broadband access and use in their communities. To see how the state is doing overall, or to compare counties, visit the Blandin Foundation interactive map. Or check out past years’ reports: 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Dakota County: Nearly there, Dakota continues to invest
Dakota County has been planful in their building of local broadband. They deployed infrastructure for a government network, leaving excess capacity for residential use. They have a county board focused on broadband that leads an initiative to improve access and use. Charter received a Border to Border grant to upgrade broadband in Dakota County and County Commissioners recently approved the use of CARES Act funding on broadband improvement.
|100/20 (2026 goal)||97.42||97.56||64.89||64.18|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||98.31||98.46||97.54||98.47|
|County||Households with computer||…with desktop or laptop||…with a smartphone||…with a tablet et al||…with other|
|State of MN||90.3%||81.1%||76.5%||59.3%||3.5%|
What we learned in the past:
Dakota County built a public network that connected government buildings and then opened up the network to third party providers. Also, they benefit from being a metro county with higher population density, which makes it easier for broadband providers to make a business case to offer faster services. But the county is not entirely urban, so they have some underserved areas.
Update from 2020:
Dakota County has a Board that focuses on broadband. They meet reguarly and have a plan for leveraging excess bandwidth from their government network (which includes 320 miles of fiber) to serve residents. Since the last broadabnd profile, Charter received a Border to Border grant that will help serve Rosemount in Dakota County:
Charter Communications – Rosemount North Project – GRANT $499,072
This middle and last mile project will upgrade approximately 40 unserved and 225 underserved locations in northwestern Rosemount in Dakota County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota and Dakota County, Charter Communications will improve broadband service levels up to 940 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Project area residents have been actively engaged in an effort to improve broadband service offerings in their neighborhood.
- Total eligible project cost is $998,144
- Local match is $499,072
More recently, Dakota County approved $800,000 in CARES Act funding for broadband.
- Find more articles on broadband in Dakota County. (http://tinyurl.com/hxslue9)
- 100/20 Mbps ranking: 8 (down 1 places)
- Has worked with Blandin: no
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
- Household density: 258.9
- Districts: CD 2 / 51, 52, 54, 56, 57 & 58
- Find your reps
I am doing the annual look at broadband in each county – based on maps from the Office of Broadband Development and news gathered from the last year. I’m looking at progress toward the 2022 (25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up) and 2026 (100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up) and will code each:
- Red (yikes)
- Yellow (warning)
- Green (good shape)